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Officers fire weapons twice this weekend

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus police are investigating two officer-involved shootings over the weekend, one of which left a suspect injured.

A wild chain of events ended with an officer firing his gun Sunday night.

It happened when a fleeing driver crashed into a utility pole on James Road and led officers on a foot chase when one of the officers’ weapons went off.

There’s no word yet if the officer intended to fire his weapon or if it accidentally went off during the chase.

One suspect is in custody, while three others are in the hospital.

A man who police say threatened officers from the upstairs window of a home on Lamarque Court was shot in the elbow early Saturday morning, spokesman Sgt. David Pelphrey said.

Officers responding to a report of gunshots in the area of Kimberly Parkway, Nassau Drive and Lamarque Court found several spent shell casings while searching on foot, Pelphrey said.

At 3:10 a.m., a man armed with a handgun leaned out of an upstairs window and confronted one of the officers who fired at the man, Pelphrey said.

The officers ordered the suspect to come out of the home and the man was treated for a gunshot wound to the elbow and arrested on a charge of aggravated menacing, Pelphrey said.

The shooting will be investigated by the Critical Response Team and the Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board.

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